Education for All
by jam20 on November 7, 2016 - 10:09pm
Education is a critical in order for an individual to achieve success in life in the United States. Therefore, it is essential that students with disabilities have access to an appropriate education which serves their disabilities. Disability and the education system by Laudan Aron and Pamela Loprest, explores the quality in which the United States education system supports students with disabilities and how it has evolved over time. This includes students with any physical, emotional,mental or learning disability which could impede their education. Evaluating data regarding the service for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides the conclusion that although there has been improvement, the United States special education demands structural reorganization. ( Aron & Loprest, 2012) IDEA has composed an infrastructure which serves to educate disabled children by providing disabled students with expanded access to public education as well as increased involvement with nondisabled peers. Prior to the passage of the IDEA act in 1975, only one in five disabled students even attended public schools. In various states, public schools went as far as excluding children who were mentally retarded or emotionally disturbed, as well as blind or deaf. The 3.5 millions students who did attend school were placed into segregated institutions and were not publicly served. By 2003-2004 over 6.7 million students with disabilities receive public services from their education system. (Aron & Loprest, 2012) However, students with disabilities continue to fall significantly behind their peers, they are given lower standards and have an increased chance of dropping out of high school.( Aron & Loprest, 2012) Even though there has been considerable improvement in educational services for those with disabilities, there are still many flaws in the way the United States provides these people with an appropriate education.
It is important for the adequacy of the United States special needs education system to be evaluated in order for disabled individuals to be able to achieve success. The Nations education system is crucial to children with disabilities as well as their families. An unfulfilling and non-successful life will be the result for a disabled person if they do not receive an appropriate education. Education highly alters a disabled person’s health by impacting their competence to self-advocate. It also is crucial to a disabled person’s health that they are able handle complicated yet important services such as medical, social and insurance systems systems which they might depend upon. ( Aron & Loprest, 2012) It is difficult enough for people without disabilities to achieve success. Therefore, it is even more urgent that those with disabilities receive an appropriate education. Otherwise, they will be put at an extreme disadvantage in society making their success and quality of life difficult to accomplish.
Aron, L., & Loprest, P. (2012). Disability and the Education System. The Future of Children, 22(1), 97-122. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.uri.idm.oclc.org/stable/41475648